Old Things: Cane Back Chair

July 6, 2012

I’ve wanted a cane back chair for years and years and one morning a few weeks ago I got up early and amidst coffee and craigslist I came across my perfect chair. It was a bit old and a bit worse for wear, but I’m eager to see past all that and make into the fab little chair I know it can be. I raced across town to pick it up from the owner (from her garage full of vintage lovelies!!) popped it in the Rabbit and got it home, all before husband had finished his first cup of coffee. Now that’s what I call productive on a Saturday!

Since then I’ve been pondering what to do with it. In my mind it really could be sprayed any color and reupholstered in any fabric. I’m taking an upholstery class in August and am reupholstering another chair, but am hoping my skills will translate to this chair as well. I totally fell for Brooke’s updated cane chair on her blog, Oh Brooke. (Although she wrote her final post on June 15th, I’m happy to still have her site as a resource for all things DIY.)

So what do you think? I’m thinking I want to spray it either white, grey, yellow or blue… I’m also trying to decide if I want to reupholster it in a solid like a white linen (not very cat friendly…) or other neutral or if I want to go with a bold pattern like Brooke did. Hmmm…

Have you ever given old furniture a makeover?

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